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Dive Review of Wakatobi Dive Resort in
Indonesia/Wakatobi and Raja Ampat

Wakatobi Dive Resort: "Very luxurious resort with first class diving", Feb, 2016,

by Catherine R. Mack, DC, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8833.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Nothing bad except the place was empty the first week of December and I was not wild about my dive master (but that could have just been chemistry...he just seemed not to like my husband and me). I didn't think he was nearly as attentive and helpful as he could have been particularly after our experience in Raja Ampat on board the Dewi Nusentara ship where our dive master was a dream.
Loads of perfect condition coral and huge schools of fish. Water temperature very comfortable but currents were strong and quite changeable. It's that last part that I did not think our dive master was particularly skilled to handle. He just let us keep swimming into the strong current instead of adjusting our dive or using a reef hook. The resort itself is absolutely perfect and the food delicious. I would go back in an instant.

We got a tour of their dive boat, which is over the top beautiful and luxurious. Quite expensive, I heard, but it was being used for some Disney film when we were there.

My 3 stars for the dive operation below is b/c of the dive master. I think the really friendly ones were either leading photography courses (that guy was terrific) or on the Disney trip.
Websites Wakatobi Dive Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving everywhere in Caribbean including Cuba and numerous times to Belize/Also Fiji, Hawaii and Australia's GBR
Closest Airport Bali-Denpassar Getting There Wakatobi takes you via plane to its resort from Denpassar

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 85-85°F / 29-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 100-300 Ft/ 30-91 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions every dive was 70 minutes. I could never figure out why, but that's okay. Dives were not deep but strong currents could require us to use lots of air.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments They have a dedicated dive master who is an expert in photography (an Italian guy) and everyone who hired him for a couple of days raved about his assistance. So, this suggests that this place is serious about photography!
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